Williams Receives 2013 ISSA International Award For “Volunteer of the Year”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced that Mark Williams, principal systems security officer at BlueCross, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the only independent forum dedicated to advancing the development of cybersecurity professionals, their organizations, and critical infrastructure worldwide.

“I am very pleased Mark has been selected to receive the Volunteer of the Year award,” said Caleb Merriman, chief information security officer at BlueCross.

“His commitment to information security extends well beyond his outstanding work at our company, and his willingness to share his knowledge and years of experience with others is a true asset to the information security community.”

ISSA has fostered many of the industry’s most respected leaders and is driving the future of the cybersecurity profession. Every year outstanding individuals, chapters, and organizations are recognized by the ISSA Awards Committee.

The ISSA International Awards will be presented at a keynote presentation and at a special ceremony during the fourth annual ISSA International Conference, held Oct. 9-10 at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville.

 “Each generation brings us those few individuals who excel among their peers. We proudly congratulate Mark Williams as a 2013 honoree in recognition of his superior knowledge and commitment to the growth of cybersecurity as a field,” said Donald Glass, Kerzner International and ISSA Awards Chair.


Kid To Kid Chattanooga Awarded Store Of The Month For August

Kid to Kid in Chattanooga, owned by mother and son, Lyn and Justin Shepherd, has been awarded Store of the Month for August. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes achievement exhibited by one of its more than 100 children’s resale locations across the United States, Canada and Portugal. As one of three Kid to Kid stores in Tennessee, Kid to Kid Chattanooga ... (click for more)

16 Young Professionals Selected For YPAC’s Protégé Chattanooga 2016-2017 Class

The Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) announced the individuals selected for its 2016-2017 Protégé Chattanooga mentorship program.  This year’s class includes: Joseph Cadle , Business Development Consultant, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Amy Donahue , Director of Marketing and Communications, River City ... (click for more)

Boy In Critical Condition; Another Person Stabbed And Man Shot In Dispute At Apartments On Citico Avenue

A boy is in critical condition after being stabbed on Sunday afternoon in what police described as a dispute between neighbors. One other person was stabbed and a man was shot in the stomach in the melee in the 2700 block of Citico Avenue. The injuries to the second person stabbed in the neck and the shooting victim were said to be not life-threatening. The 12:45 p.m. incident ... (click for more)

Woman, 25, Shot On Dodson Avenue Early Sunday Afternoon

A 25-year-old woman was shot on Dodson Avenue just after noon on Sunday. Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department were notified at 12:13 p.m. by a local hospital that a victim arrived with a gunshot wound. The shooting reportedly occurred in the 1300 block of Dodson Avenue. Shaday Millener arrived at the hospital in a personal vehicle with a non-life threatening ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pitch Called ‘The Defector’

When Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident, he was 24 years old yet had already lived a life much larger than almost all old men. He had spent part of a year in an unimaginably cruel Cuban prison, this when he only 14 years old and sandwiched in an inhumane cell among grown criminals. There were murders daily – in his very cell -- and nobody cared. ... (click for more)